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194                           LETTERS   FROM   THE

Maulde he hoped this crisis would accelerate peace,
and added, "On auroit le plus grand plaisir at
traiter avec Swinburne.'9

I understand Sir Sidney's name is involved in
the papers of the Royalist conspirators; another
spoke in his wheel, which I wish they would not
keep turning.

I have intended an attack upon Madame
de T., but as yet I have not been able to satisfy
myself as to the plan of it. I shall go this
morning and open the oblique trenches by barely
exposing the situation of the poor bishop.

The minds of people have been agitated by
the drawing of lots in the councils. For my part,
I care little who governs, provided the country is
peaceable and quiet. We are all on the stretch
of expectation to know the particulars of Sir John
Jervis's bold attack upon the Spanish fleet. People
that reason presume the Spanish have been beaten,
from all the lame paragraphs and accounts hitherto
received.

I have been reading Necker's " History of
the Revolution," which I am surprised should be
allowed to be printed and sold at Paris.